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a cog in the machine

Someone or something that is functionally necessary but of small significance or importance within a larger operation or organization. I'm tired of working in this thankless IT support job. I don't want to be just a cog in the machine anymore!
See also: cog, machine

a small cog in a large machine

Someone or something that is functionally necessary but of small significance or importance within a larger operation or organization. I'm tired of working in this thankless IT support job. I don't want to be just a small cog in a large machine anymore!
See also: cog, large, machine, small

a small cog in a large wheel

Someone or something that is functionally necessary but of small significance or importance within a larger operation or organization. I'm tired of working in this thankless IT support job. I don't want to be just a small cog in a large wheel anymore!
See also: cog, large, small, wheel

cog in the machine

Someone or something that is functionally necessary but of small significance or importance within a larger operation or organization. I'm tired of working in this thankless IT support job. I don't want to be just a cog in the machine anymore!
See also: cog, machine

cog in the wheel

Someone or something that is functionally necessary but of small significance or importance within a larger operation or organization. I'm tired of working in this thankless IT support job. I don't want to be just a cog in the wheel anymore!
See also: cog, wheel

a cog in the wheel

Someone or something that is functionally necessary but of small significance or importance within a larger operation or organization. I'm tired of working in this thankless IT support job. I don't want to be just a cog in the wheel anymore!
See also: cog, wheel

slip a cog

To become mentally unbalanced, disturbed, or confused. Usually used humorously or facetiously. Sorry, I must have slipped a cog, because I have no idea what I was talking about just now. Grandpa, I think you've slipped a cog—I've never heard of that movie and I can't find it anywhere online!
See also: cog, slip

cog in the wheel

Also, cog in the machine. One who holds a minor but necessary post in a large organization, as in Frank knew he was just a cog in the wheel of this giant corporation. This term alludes to the role of the mechanical cog, one of the teeth on a wheel or gear that, by engaging other teeth, transmits or receives motion. Used figuratively since about 1930, it sometimes is put as small cog in a large wheel, emphasizing a person's lack of importance.
See also: cog, wheel

slip a cog

Also, slip a gear or one's gears . Lose one's ability to reason soundly or make correct judgments, as in She must have slipped a cog or she would never have gone out barefoot in December, or What's the matter with him? Has he slipped his gears? These slangy usages allude to a mechanical failure owing to the cog of a gear or a gear failing to mesh. The first dates from about 1930, the variant from the 1960s.
See also: cog, slip

cog in the wheel (or machine

) a person who plays a small mundane (perhaps vital but generally unacknowledged or unappreciated) role in a large enterprise.
See also: cog, machine, wheel

a cog in the maˈchine/ˈwheel

(informal) a person who plays a small part in a large organization or plan: The firm tries hard to make its employees feel that they are more than simply cogs in the wheel.
See also: cog, machine, wheel
References in periodicals archive ?
Although the cogging torque that is generated by the zero coil current has not decreased, reduction in the peaks of the coenergy and the torque factor is realized according to these figures.
Although calculated cogging torque that is generated by the zero coil current is unchanged, the energy variation in the curve illustrates the reduction of the torque ripple (Fig.
Kim,"A Study on Reduction of Vibration Based on Decreased Cogging Torque for Interior Type Permanent Magnet Motor", in IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting (IAS'08), Edmonton, Alta, Canada, 2008, pp.
Meibody-Tabar, "Effect of Magnet Segmentation on the Cogging Torque in Surface-Mounted Permanent-Magnet Motors", IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, vol.
Huang,"Study of Magnet Asymmetry for Reduction of Cogging Torque in Permanent Magnet Motors", in 4th IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications, Xi'an, China, 2009, pp.
As a function of the angle rotation of the rotor without and with the pole shifting, the cogging torque values of the PMSG are comparatively given in Fig.
The reducing of the cogging torque on the PMSG will make a great advantage for electricity generation of the MWT.
It is demanded that PMSGs have low cogging torque values in industries in which they are used.
In parallel with this purpose, in this study, a pole shifting technique not bringing additional cost to the manufacturers has been successfully applied to reduce the cogging torque.
Chan, "Analytical methods for minimizing cogging torque in permanent-magnet machines IEEE Trans.
The percentage reduction of cogging torque by this method is 89.33 which is greater than that achieved by all the above methods.
After the application of each method of cogging torque reduction in DRFPMG, the change in induced emf has been evaluated.
In the shifting of slot openings method, the cogging torque was suitably reduced and the induced emf is better than other methods as seen in Table 3.
The experimental measurement of induced emf and power and cogging torque of DRFPMG prototype was carried out using a laboratory set-up shown in Figure 14.
The cogging torque of DRFPMG prototype was measured with piezo electric reaction torque sensor.